If anyone has experience with this machine, I'd really like feedback. It looks very cool - and the price is just right! Around 3300 Euro for a macine with 1000x600x110 travel with a Kress spindel (=high quality).
I have some concerns in regard to this machine, but I call the company tomorrow to clear some things up. Here goes:
Software: Win PCNC Light? Is that any good?
Interface: Parallel port? Will that work with mu USB->Parallel interface?
I don't know how well that machine is, but I'm in the process of building this machine. www.mechmate.com it's a shopbot design very altered though, very nice, and I mean very very nice. and big and powerful, I have ordered a Fimec Spindle and VFD these 2 things amount to 973 Euros including postage and packaging from Italy. I guess the last 2000 Euros up to the 3000 Euros that machine costs could easily cover most of the other parts I need for the machine, in the end I'll have a 4*8ft Router with capacity to run 3/4 inch MDF in a single pass instead of multiple passes.
You can't buy the MechMate. It is being offered as a DIY set of prints that if you go to the www.mechmate.com site you will get a complete story line of how to build it. YOU will be responsible for the complete build. You must get all the components together and assemble and weld it yourself. That being said.... If you complete this machine you will have a monster of a machine. Capabile of just about anything you can through at it. Very heavy duty, and more than capabile to route 3-D parts if you have the software.
Last edited by Bob Cole; 12-15-2006 at 07:29 AM.
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The machine seems very sturdy - except the Z-axis seems to suffer from backlash if I pull it with excessive force. This is probably not a problem.
Also - a laptop with a PC-card LPT-port is probably not the best solution with antivirus, firewall and a host of other programs running at the same time. I experience slow and inconsistant speeds, but I'll try to boot the computer up without all tis stuff running and see how it works.
The software is not very intuitive, but what the heck... I'll only use it for the milling operations, anyway.
All in all, the machine seems pretty good, I have already cut some squares with it eithout problems.